Echeveria gilva, Echeveria × gilva, Echeveria agavoides 'Gilva'
Echeveria 'Gilva', often sold as Echeveria agavoides 'Gilva', is an attractive succulent that forms compact rosettes of lovely, olive green to yellow-green leaves with pink or red tones on the tips and margins. The rosettes grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter before producing offsets. The colors on the leaves become more vibrant in intense light, dry conditions, and during the winter.
The flowers are bell-shaped, reddish-pink with yellow tips, and appear on slender, arching stalks that grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall from late winter to fall.
The hybrid epithet "gilva (GIL-vuh)" means "dun-colored" and refers to the color of the leaves.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeverias are susceptible to mealy bugs. As with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.
Most Echeveria can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although a few are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in a succulent or cacti mix and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
Forms and Cultivars
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